antipathy

noun
an·​tip·​a·​thy | \ an-ˈti-pə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio) \
plural antipathies

Definition of antipathy

1 : a strong feeling of dislike an antipathy to taxes a deep antipathy between the groups
2 : something disliked : an object of aversion … perhaps his greatest antipathies were cabs, old women, doors that would not shut …— Charles Dickens
3 obsolete : opposition in feeling

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Choose the Right Synonym for antipathy

enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed. an unspoken enmity hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression. hostility between the two nations antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility. a natural antipathy for self-seekers antagonism between the brothers animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility. animosity that led to revenge rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong. rancor filled every line of his letters animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice. objections devoid of personal animus

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When the nation of Yugoslavia was created in 1945, it combined a number of ethnic groups with a history of violent antipathy toward each other. In 1991–92 four regions of the country announced that they would become independent nations; a bloody six-year war followed, fueled by these ancient and powerful antipathies. The American Civil War similarly resulted from antipathy between the North and the South. But in the U.S.'s relations with its next-door neighbors, it's been a long time since emotions have gotten much stronger than annoyance.

Examples of antipathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The antipathy was greatest between Paris and Washington, since France was the first country to bypass the slow-going OECD process on how to tax profits, opting for a controversial levy on exclusively on the digital revenues of large firms operating. William Horobin, Fortune, 5 June 2021 The violent suppression of blacks demanding educational equity and the collective antipathy of racist southern universities in the fight for integration were rudimentary facts of life for the African-American citizenry in the 1960s. WSJ, 13 May 2021 Prince Philip misread the public antipathy to the royal family in the days after Diana’s death in a car crash in 1997. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 Writing of racial antipathy in Texas, Mr. Guinn says: The suspicion was mutual. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, 14 May 2021 Recall proponents understand this latent Latino antipathy better than Democrats. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2021 One reason that Wyoming is on American allies’ political radar is their antipathy to Mr. Trump himself. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 May 2021 Following the 2008 Great Recession, antipathy against Wall Street, corporations, and the nation’s elite generally began to serve as the biggest stimulant driving politics for the next decade. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Apr. 2021 Republicans are betting on antipathy toward President Biden in their campaign pitches. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of antipathy

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for antipathy

Latin antipathia, from Greek antipatheia, from antipathēs of opposite feelings, from anti- + pathos experience — more at pathos

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The first known use of antipathy was in 1592

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“Antipathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antipathy. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for antipathy

antipathy

noun
an·​tip·​a·​thy | \ an-ˈti-pə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio) \
plural antipathies

Kids Definition of antipathy

: a strong feeling of dislike

antipathy

noun
an·​tip·​a·​thy | \ an-ˈtip-ə-thē How to pronounce antipathy (audio) \
plural antipathies

Medical Definition of antipathy

1 : settled aversion or dislike
2 : an object of aversion

Other Words from antipathy

antipathic \ ˌant-​i-​ˈpath-​ik How to pronounce antipathy (audio) \ adjective

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